Parents/Caregivers

Achieving a Better Life Experience – ABLE Act Overview

Please note: The following has been cross-posted from the National Down Syndrome Society. In Michigan, the ABLE Act was signed into legislation on Oct. 28, 2015. The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act of 2013 (S 313/HR 647) was introduced in the 113th Congress on February 13, 2013, by a bipartisan, bicameral set of […]

Adapted in TC: The Special Challenges of the Sight-Impaired

BY SUSAN ODGERS Local columnist Melinda Hollands is a wife, mother, social worker at Munson Medical Center, cross-country skier and person who is legally blind and is helping me learn what it’s like to navigate northern Michigan. I am extremely respectful of what Melinda knows experientially. As my friend, she is one of the most […]

Several States Poised to Offer Savings Accounts for Disabled Americans

By PAM FESSLER  New laws in 35 states will allow more than 5 million Americans with disabilities to begin setting aside money for disability-related expenses without being penalized. Right now, many lose health and other public benefits if they save too much money, which is one of the main reasons for the high poverty rate […]

DOT – Initiatives to make flying easier for people with disabilities

WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced that the Department has hired a neutral convenor to consider the feasibility of a negotiated rulemaking to develop additional rules to ensure equal access to air transportation for air travelers. Specifically, the Department is exploring a negotiated rulemaking to: ensure that the same in-flight entertainment (IFE) […]

12 Holiday Travel Tips for Families with Special Needs

By Guest Blogger Sara Croft, Media Relations and Marketing Manager, Easter Seals Crossroads End of year holidays often require traveling to visit friends and family who live far away. Spending many hours in the car or getting on an airplane can be challenging for families with special needs. Easter Seals Crossroads in Indianapolis has compiled tips from their […]

Health Dept. Awarded Grant for Youth Mental Health First Aid

The Health Department of Northwest Michigan has just been awarded a three year Project AWARE grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. This grant will help support the training of a diverse group of adults in Youth Mental Health First Aid. This training will help adults detect and respond to mental health […]

The season’s best gifts for the blind or visually impaired

By: ALIX  HACKETT  Want to make someone smile this holiday season? Assistive technology can be a game-changer for people who are blind or visually impaired, offering ingenious solutions in the classroom, at home or in the workplace. Right now, Perkins Solutions is making it easy to give the gift of accessibility with theirHoliday Gift Guide, […]